# Metzler matrix

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This article defines a property that can be evaluated for a square matrix with entries over the field of real numbers. In other words, given a square matrix (a matrix with an equal number of rows and columns) with entries over the field of real numbers, the matrix either satisfies or does not satisfy the property.
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## Definition

### Verbal definition

A square matrix is termed a Metzler matrix', quasipositive matrix, quasi-positive matrix, or essentially nonnegative matrix if all its off-diagonal entries are nonnegative.

### Algebraic description

Suppose is a positive integer. A square matrix with real entries is termed a Metzler matrix', quasipositive matrix, quasi-positive matrix, or essentially nonnegative matrix if it satisfies the following condition: ### Other equivalent descriptions

A square matrix with real entries is a Metzler matrix if and only if it is the negative of a Z-matrix. This can be used as an alternative definition.